I like experimenting with surfaces - each kind accepts paint in its own way and has a
different feel when worked on.
Canvas, linen, and wood can all be primed with acrylic gesso or oil-based primer, rabbit
skin glue or transparent gesso - there are many options. Wood is a firm surface to work
on, it doesnít give like canvas or linen fabric and can take more experimentation -
drawing, scrubbing, and scraping.
I coat some of the wood panels with a transparent primer or wax medium that shows the
wood grain and pencil marks beneath thinly applied paint. Some have a clay coated
surface which absorbs the paint in a unique way that is not unlike the way watercolor is
absorbed by paper.
Painting is a process of slowly discovering and deciding upon the composition as it
moves and evolves with the interactions of colors; itís about having a back-and-forth
dialogue until life breathes into the piece.